More MLS Week Two thoughts
March 29, 2009 3 Comments
I watched most of Toronto’s game last night and then this morning I awake to see highlights of the other games waiting for me. The novelty of this great value twenty dollar online season ticket has not yet worn off.
New York 1, New England 1
There’s not a lot I can add from 5 minues of condensed highlights from full games and so any views expressed in this type of post are basically thr programmed thinking of the message MLS wants to put out. But it seemed like New York were unlucky here. They appeared to have the better of the chances and have a good front two in Angel and (based on this Kandji and should have been more ahead before the late equaliser. Talking of that goal, the keeper Danny Cepero must take the blame for coming, stopping then missing the ball. Amateur stuff.
Interestingly, from looking at the official match stats I see that New England had ten shots on target, much more than New York, so perhaps they were good value for the result.
D.C. United 1, Chicago Fire 1
I may have stated it on this blog before but I have massive admiration for Brian McBridge and always want him to do well in games not featuring Canadian teams, but Chicago were massively lucky to escape with a point in this one.
I always defend the quality of MLS to people who don’t watch it but slate it regardless but the quality of play on show in the highlights here was not good. Emilio’s opener was well struck but h9ow much room did he have to run and get his shot off, plus he was given a clear sight of goal to aim at. There was numerous examples of defenders failing to do the basics and letting balls bounce over their heads and mis-kicking clearances and it was only poor finishing which meant the game only had two goals.
Colorado Rapids 2, Kannsas City Wizards 1
This game certainly came to life in the final half an hour. The opening free kick for Colorado was nicely placed into the top corner but then the defending for the equaliser was so awful. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing but the highlights indicated this game was really open with just so much space through the middle of the park. You get the impression if Mourinho managed a random team of solid professionals in this league, but with Drogba up front,they would be massively successful on those two elements alone.
Seattle Sounders 2, Real Salt Lake 0
The Seattle dream debut season continues with their 100 per cent record in tact after two home games.
I’m interested in the story of Steve Zakuani who went from a discarded Arsenal Youth Team prospect to the American collegiate system before becoming top draft pick in 2009. It’s one I intend to follow and a path I am surprised more young players do not look into but regardless, he made the first goal here for Jaqua but at the rtisk of sounding like Alan Hansen the defending was once again poor.
Freddy Montero continues his good form after two goals in the opening game with another 20 plus yard strike but it was a horrible situation for Rimando in the RSL net as the ball zig-zagged all ove the place in the air. Freddie Ljunberg also got half an hour for Seattle at the end of this match.
San Jose Earthquakes 3, Houston Dynamo 2
A win for England Legend Darren Huckerby’s San Jose and a game of good goals. However ultimately the win is tarnished because the decisive third goal was clearly offside to the extent I can’t believe it was given. All five came in the first half as well which was unusual.
Dallas host Chivas this evening and I may tune in live at eight o’clock UK time if there is nothing else going on.